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Intrepid Travel

Adventure travel company offering a wide variety of journeys to the back streets of Asia, the wilds of Africa, the landscapes of Latin America, or the National Parks of North America, with a commitment to the preservation of the environment

  • Intrepid Travel were named winners of the Global Tourism Business class in the 2011 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards organised by The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)and announced at the 11th Global Travel & Tourism Summit.
  • Winner of the 2011 Australian Business Award for Environmental Sustainability in the travel sector
  • 2009 Budget Travel Magazine's 'Extra Mile Award' for Intrepid Travel's Carbon Offset Trips
  • 2007 Best Green Specialist TourOperator, Tourism Authority of Thailand Green Awards
  • Intrepid received the Thailand Green Award 2013 in the category “Large tour Operators”.
  • Intrepid was winner for the Preservation category of the Conde Nast Traveler World Saver Awards 2012.
  • Intrepid's ‘Serengeti Trail’ trip has been crowned as Tour Radar’s Most Amazing Tour in Africa in 2012.
  • Best Tour Operator in the First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards 2006.
  • Intrepid has won the Responsible Travel & Tourism Forum’s Tour Operator Award 2015.

Kuoni

Luxury tour operator offering a selection of thousands of holidays to hundreds of exotic destinations on seven continents, and covering every holiday interest from relaxing beach getaways to escorted tours, overseas weddings to wildlife safari.

  • Best Large Tour Operator 2010 & 2012 and Best Large Luxury Tour Operator 2011 and 2013 - Daily Telegraph Ultratravel 100 Awards.
  • Favourite tour operator for a family holiday - The Sunday Times Travel Magazine Reader Awards 2009.
  • Best Weddings and Honeymoons Tour Operator - British Travel Awards 2011.
  • Voted Best Luxury Tour Operator at the Sunday Times Travel Magazine's Readers' Awards 2011.
  • 2011 World's Leading Green Tour Operator and 2011 Egypt's Leading Luxury Tour Operator - WTA 2011 - January 2012.
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  • Kuoni was included in the top 3 Tour Operators at the Telegraph Awards 2012.
  • Kuoni won 2 top places at the GTA 2013, including Best Tour Operator in the Aspire Awards and Best Luxury Operator in the long-haul operator sector.
  • Kuoni is one of the finalists for Customer Service Team of the Year at The European Call Centre & Customer Service Awards 2014.

ShortBreaks Ltd

Specialist short-break operation offering quality city-breaks packages by Eurostar to Paris, Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Lille, Antwerp and Disneyland Resort Paris. Also offers a selection of arts,music, ski and sporting breaks.

  • Voted Best Short Breaks Tour Operator at the French Travel Trade Awards 2010 in collaboration with Atout France UK, France Tourism Development Agency based in London
  • Favourite European Short Break Operator - Evening Standard / Travel Weekly Consumer Travel Awards 2005

Tucan Travel

Adventure travel specialist since 1987, affordable and exciting escorted group tours, Independent Travel packages and Expedition Cruises to destinations worldwide, including Europe, the Middle East & North Africa, Asia & Russia, Latin America

  • Tucan was nominated Best medium-sized tour operator at the TNT Travel Awards 2011.
  • Voted best Small Tour Operator of the Year - British Travel Awards 2009.
  • Silver prize in the Best Tour Operator to South and Central America - British Travel Awards 2008.
  • Ranked #4 Top Tour Operator at Wanderlust Travel Awards 2010.
  • Tucan is the winner of Best Small Escorted Experience Tours Operator label at the British Travel Awards 2012
  • Tucan has been awarded 5 Sustainable Tourism Stars by AITO (as at February 2013).

Riviera Tours

Riviera are one of the leading UK tour operators, proposing many different tours in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East as well as river cruises on the of the most famous rivers in the world such as the Rhine, the Danube and the Mekong.

  • Riviera was voted runner-up for Favourite Escorted Tour Operator and Favourite River Cruise Operator by Telegraph readers for their 2013 Travel Awards.
  • Riviera were runners-up for Best Large Tour Operator (2013) and Best Short Break Operator (2012) in the Guardian/Observer Travel Awards.
  • Riviera are one of the nominees for Best Touring Operator 2014 in the Globe Travel Awards.

Balkan Holidays

Balkan Holidays is an independent specialist UK Tour Operator with nearly 50 years of experience in planning and arranging memorable holidays in East and South East Europe. They propose a range of resorts and properties covering many countries such Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro and Romania both for winter and summer holidays.

SAGA Travel

UK leading provider of products and services specifically designed for people aged 50 and over, with a good range of products including travel and holidays

  • Best Escorted Tours Operator - Silver - British Travel Awards 2011 also Best Singles Holidays Tour Operator -Silver
  • Silver Award – BTA 2010 - Best UK Escorted Tours Operator ; Bronze Award – British Travel Awards 2010 - Best Escorted Tours Operator
  • Ranked #2 in the Top 5 performers for Tourism sector - The UK Customer Satisfaction Index (UKCSI) - January 2011 - The Institute of Customer Service - (ranked #1 in July 2010)

Audley Travel

Specialists in tailor-made individual itineraries for discerning travellers seeking authentic experiences around the world

  • Top Travel Website - Wanderlust Travel Awards 2009
  • Best Tour Operator 2008 - Wanderlust Travel Awards 2008
  • Finalist - Best tour operator – small operator - Guardian, Observer and guardian.co.uk Travel Awards 2010
  • Audley were Runner-Up for Best Small Tour Operator in 2010 and Best small luxury tour operator in 2013 at the Ultra 100 awards by The Daily Telegraph.
  • Top Tour Operator - Wanderlust Travel Awards 2012
  • Audley was ranked amongst the Top 5 Tour Operators and the Top 3 websites in the Wanderlust Travel Awards 2013.
  • Audley Travel was included in the Top 5 Best Online Booking Service in the 2013 Guardian and Observer Readers' Travel Awards.
  • Audley Travel was voted Best tour operator 2013 in the Telegraph Travel Awards.
  • Audley Travel was included in the Top 10 Tour Operators in the Wanderlust Travel Awards 2014.

Brittany Ferries

Ferry Crossings, mini cruises & Holidays to France & Spain

EXPLORE

UK adventure specialist company offering unusual and pioneering itineraries that are meticulously planned to explore many destinations on the planet, comprising over 450 tours available in over 120 countries.

  • Voted 'Adventure Tour Operator of the Year' in the Sunday Times Travel Magazine Awards 2010
  • Best Tour Operator - Responsible Travel Awards - 2008
  • Best Transport or Travel Business - Green Business Awards - 2008 and ranked 18 in The Sunday Times Best Green Companies Awards 2009
  • Explore's Diego Torres wins Wanderlust's 'World's Best Guide' Award 2009
  • Best Special Interest / Activity Tour Operator - British travel Awards 2011

Milestones Tours

Member of the family-owned The Travel Corporation group of companies. Organises tours in many parts of the world, including America, Africa, Asia, Canada, Turkey, Greece and many other destinations

Titan

Escorted tour specialist company offering a range of escorted experiences encompassing hundreds of inspiring itineraries to more than 50 countries across every continent.

  • Winner best escorted tour operator - The British Travel Awards 2007.
  • Best Tour Operator 2007 - The Telegraph Travel Awards.
  • Titan was named Best Medium Escorted Tours Operator at the British Travel Awards 2012.
  • Titan was included in the Top 3 escorted Tour Operators at the Telegraph Awards 2012
  • Titan has been voted the ‘Best Escorted Tour Operator’ by travel agent readers of industry magazine Travel Bulletin in 2012.
  • The readers of the Selling Short-haul trade publication voted Titan ‘Best Short Haul Escorted Tour Operator’ in 2012.
  • Titan has been awarded Best Medium Holiday Company for Customer Service at the BTA 2013.
  • Titan was named Best Holiday Company for customer service (medium) in the British Travel Awards 2014.
  • Titan was voted Best Escorted Tours Holiday Company (medium) in the BTA 2014.

Virgin Holidays - tour operator

An award-winning UK tour company with many destinations available for travellers on the 5 continents.

  • Runner-Up - Best Large Tour Operator 2010 - Ultra travel 100 - The Daily Telegraph
  • Best Long Haul Tour Operator (Gold) and Best Weddings & Honeymoons Tour Operator, Best Activity / Sports Tour Operator, Best Ski & Winter sports Tour Operator, Best Safari and Nature Tour Operator (Silver) at the BTA 2009
  • Best Ski & Winter Sports Operator and Best Tour Operator to The Americas - British Travel Awards 2010
  • Virgin Holidays were ranked #4 for Best Large Tour Operator at the Guardian and Observer Readers' Travel Awards 2012